Maria BellisCounselling and Psychotherapy

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Psychotherapist and Counsellor in South Bristol - near Whitchurch, Knowle and Brislington

Can Psychotherapy or Counselling help?

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Welcome to my web site. I am Maria Bellis and I work with people who wish to improve how they feel when they experience sadness, anxiety, frustration or dissatisfaction about various issues in their lives. I am an accredited Counsellor and Gestalt Psychotherapist in South Bristol experienced in working with a variety of issues.

If you are wanting clarity and understanding about a problem, seeking healing and recovery from a past or present experience, wanting to be more yourself in some way or to get more satisfaction out of life, psychotherapy and counselling can be useful to you in enabling the change you seek.

Many people resolve their issues through their own efforts and may have tried counselling before but if you feel your efforts have not brought the results you want you may benefit from further work. Working with a Therapist is about creating a positive, supportive relationship with someone skilled and trained to help you find the resolution you seek.

You do not have to have a complex issue or ‘need therapy’ to work with me as psychotherapy can work on many levels. I often work with people who have gained an understanding of their issues but choose to have deeper more focused work. They want to move on from feeling stuck or being in repeated patterns to develop a real sense of choice and enablement.

I am an accredited Counsellor (NCS), Gestalt Psychotherapist (UKCP), and a registered Member of BACP (see More About Me page). You can contact me, without obligation, if you would like to get an idea of how I can work with you to resolve your issues. See What to do next below.. I am also approved for work with clients of Aviva and Axa PPP healthcare.

Finding A Way

Life has a habit of sending us the unexpected or personally challenging that may lead you to question yourself or feel uncertain about what to do. I work holistically and collaboratively which means you have a say in your journey to increase clarity, build resilience and improve choices.

I work on many levels with a variety of issues and complexity. I have been in private practice for several years. I also have over 30 years knowledge gained from listening to many life stories and experiences as an adult care social worker (More About Me).

  • Low self-esteem and confidence
  • Anxiety, low mood or depression
  • Negative Thinking or Self-Doubt
  • Bereavment or Loss
  • Coping with difficulties in relationships
  • Stress
  • Dealing with abuse experiences
  • Coping with Health issues
  • Trauma
  • Work related issues
  • Alcohol related issues
  • Uncertainty about your life
  • Issues arising from health matters

  • What is Gestalt Psychotherapy

    Gestalt Therapists believe that people are born with the resources and ability to lead satisfying and creative lives but that life experiences may interrupt this process. By increasing your awareness, resolving any 'unfinished business' and re-framing any negative or self-limited thinking you can respond to challenges in ways that work better for you.

    I find change can be very rewarding though sometimes not easy. Sometimes we may have to look at ourselves more deeply or challenge ourselves about how we relate to the world. Whatever you need I provide support at your pace through this process.

    What to do next?

    Whether you have a short-term goal or long term issues, I welcome enquiries to find out more as I understand it is important to find a therapist who feels right for you. Reading Finding A Way blog will give you some idea about how I think and work as a therapist. The next step would be for us to talk more about what you want. Please note that I am not able to take on new people before Christmas but I can take enquiries in the new year with a view to starting in 2019. If you would like to make general enquiries you can still email me now so we could clarify any issues.

  • You can e-mail me, text or call and leave a message.
  • Please give me brief details about what you want from counselling or psychotherapy and ask any questions (Click here to E mail me.).
  • All of my contact is confidential and I will get back to you within 24 hours.
  • We can then set up a telephone call and if agreed we can arrange to meet.
  • My sessions are weekdays including early mornings and evenings. I can often accommodate changing shift patterns.
  • My sessions are £40 with a concessionary rate possible. The first introductory session is £15.
  • I practice counselling and psychotherapy in south Bristol in Whitchurch, near Knowle, Hengrove, Stockwood and Brislington. There are several local buses and I am near the main roads of Wells Rd, Bath Rd and Airport Rd. There is plenty of free on street parking. You can find out more about my location at Getting in Touch.

    "Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it."

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